University Park Mom Inspires Pair of Bone-Marrow Drives

Danielle Stephens' husband, Chad, and the couple's children strike a pose April 7 with Troy Aikman

A bone-marrow registration drive on behalf of University Park resident Danielle Stephens will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Saint Michael and All Angels. The drive is the second since Sunday for the mother-of-two, who was recently diagnosed with blood cancer.

Nearly 2,200 donors including Troy Aikman and Daryl Johnston turned out on April 7, says Amy Roseman, a spokeswoman for the Delete Blood Cancer organization. The event also yielded more than $24,000, she added, “of which 100 percent will be put right back into registering more donors.” Registration involves only a cheek swab, if you’re wondering, and it’s simply a hunt for a donor/match who can help Stephens or others on marrow-transplant waiting lists.

Stephens is “too positive to be doubtful,” she said in a press release, “too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.”

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